Your skin. She's a temperamental little thing, isn't she? And while it's easy to know when you need to up your moisture game or pull back on the acids, there's one thing that can be a bit confusing: breakouts.
Knowing why your face has suddenly been blessed with a party of pimples can be tricky to work out. Like, is it the new skincare products causing your skin to purge? Is it just your normal breakout? Cause you've been lazy with cleansing? Is it your hormones? IT'S THE HORMONES, RIGHT?
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So, which is it? We've pulled in an expert to find out.
We spoke to dermatologist Dr Cara McDonald from Complete Skin Specialists and asked her how to tell the difference between skin purging and breakouts.
What is skin purging?
You know when you treat yourself to some swanky new skincare products, only to find your skin just chucks a full on tanty and starts breaking out? Yeah? Sucks.
This is a skin purge, friend.
"Skin purging refers to an acne-like breakout which occurs upon commencement of new active skincare ingredients that increase skin cell turnover," explains Dr McDonald.